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November 21st 2014, 6:01 am PT

Sunset Overdrive Free for Xbox Live Gold Members this Saturday

Update as of 11, November @ 7:25p ET/4:25 PT:

  • It is only working in console right now. Xbox.com still shows it as “not available.”
  • We are unlocking the standard edition of Sunset Overdrive. You will still see a purchase price for the Day One Edition and Deluxe edition.
  • The game is showing up for free in the Gold Lounge, so that’s probably the fastest to find it.
    On the Xbox One Home Screen, clicking in the lower right slot that promotes Gold discounts will show the free Sunset offer.

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To celebrate the first anniversary of Xbox One’s launch, Microsoft and Insomniac Games are inviting all Xbox Live Gold members to a taste of the Awesomepocalypse.

Beginning Saturday, November 22nd at 12.01 Eastern Time, Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One will get to play Sunset Overdrive for free for 24 hours. This is the full game; players will earn achievements and be able to save how far they progress during that 24 hour span. If you decide to purchase the game at a later point, you will be able to start again right where you left off.

Sunset Overdrive’s 8-player cooperative multiplayer experience, Chaos Squad, will also be available for everyone tomorrow. Please note: Chaos Squad must be unlocked by playing a certain amount into the campaign.

After the weekend, the Insomniac Games All-Star team will showcase several new weapons that will be available soon. Tune into the Xbox Twitch channel on Monday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time to see what’s on the way.

November 21st 2014 at 6:01 am | Events, Xbox One | 127 comments

November 11th 2014, 3:44 pm PT

Re-live HaloFest’s Highlights Here

To celebrate today’s launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, fans tuned into HaloFest – a livestream event broadcast on Xbox Live, Xbox.com, Twitch, YouTube and select global press sites. The three day event included the Halo: Master Chief Collection Invitational Tournament where pro players from around the world battled it out for the chance to win $50,000 and the opportunity to be the first to play the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, set to arrive December 29.

On Monday night, HaloFest culminated with Halo fans from around the world joining Xbox and 343 Industries at the Avalon Theater in Los Angeles for an unforgettable night to celebrate the past, present and future of Halo. The event world premiered the first two episodes of Halo: Nightfall and provided a first look at gameplay of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.

You can watch the HaloFest finale in its entirety right here, or head straight for the highlights.

Below, catch the dramatic Grand Finals of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational tournament between Str8 Rippin and Believe the Hype:

After the finals, we staged the first ever Halo 5: Guardians exhibition match, complete with commentary from Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky and Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez:

Thanks to everyone who tuned in last night and across the weekend. See you online soon.

November 11th 2014 at 3:44 pm | Events, Halo, Xbox One | 29 comments

November 10th 2014, 1:50 pm PT

Get a First Look at Halo: 5 Guardians during HaloFest Tonight

Tonight at midnight, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be released to the world, bringing four classic games together in a shiny, expansive package. Included in the collection is access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, which begins next month. Tonight, the world will get its first good look at what to expect from that experience.

Beginning tonight at 8 pm Pacific (11pm Eastern) the HaloFest finale will be broadcast on Xbox Live, Xbox.com, on our official Twitch channel, and in select Microsoft Stores . Not only is this the first place you’ll get to see the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta ahead of its December 29th launch, it’s the world premiere of the Halo: Nightfall digital series, and we’ll bring you exclusive interviews with the minds behind Halo at 343 Industries and talent of “Halo: Nightfall. This is the ninth Halo title I’ve helped launch (Halo 2, 3, 4, Halo Wars, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary) and I am very much looking forward to welcoming the series to Xbox One with the spectacular Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Here’s an embed of the livestream, it’ll kick live a few minutes before 8:

See you tonight…

November 10th 2014 at 1:50 pm | Events, Halo | 30 comments

November 10th 2014, 9:40 am PT

The Game Awards 2014 Broadcasts December 5th, Special Ticket Offer for Xbox Fans

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This morning, our friend Geoff Keighley announced The Game Awards 2014, a new show promising to celebrate the cultural significance of video games with awards, world premieres, musical performances and more. The Game Awards 2014 will be broadcast from Las Vegas on Friday, December 5 at 6 PM Pacific.

As you might expect, we’ll be streaming The Game Awards 2014 on Xbox One and Xbox 360, but for those that want to attend in person, that opportunity is available. Tickets will be made available to the general public on-sale tomorrow at noon, but we can share a special offer for Xbox fans today only. Here’s how to access it:

We’re also planning a free fan event leading into The Game Awards 2014, more on that as we get closer.

November 10th 2014 at 9:40 am | Events | 30 comments

November 5th 2014, 12:00 pm PT

Microsoft Stores Celebrate the Launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection + Grand Opening Meetup in Syracuse, NY

Your Halo journey begins next week, and Microsoft stores are planning a celebration. Most of the nation’s 106 locations will begin Halo: The Master Chief Collection launch festivities on Monday, November 10  at 10 p.m. local time.

Attendees will be able try out the game with fellow Master Chief fans while they wait, and enjoy free food and prize raffles. Be one of the first 150 to pick up your copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection to score an exclusive Halo t-shirt and Microsoft canteen. You can also catch everything from the HaloFest Premiere Event, which will be streamed to your local Microsoft Store so you won’t miss the reveal of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta or the debut of Halo: Nightfall.

What’s more, the Bellevue Square Mall Microsoft Store in Bellevue, WA, will host a special premiere event, which will have Master Chief available for photo opportunities. The Halo: The Master Chief Collection will come to life through a museum-like experience with Halo props from the archives and replica pieces on display throughout the store. There will be lots of great raffle prizes and giveaways too! We’re also hosting an event in the Austin Microsoft Store which will include special appearances from members of the 405th , in full Spartan Armor, 343 developers, and Halo level design master Max Hoberman.

Nine other Microsoft stores locations will also host Halo: The Master Chief Collection events featuring a Live DJ along with free and early game play, great prizes and much more! Bridgewater Commons (Bridgewater, NJ), Burlington Mall (Burlington, MA) Fashion Show (Las Vegas, NV), Oak Park Mall (Overland Park, KS), Pioneer Place (Portland, OR), Plaza Las Americas (San Juan, PR), Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale, AZ), University Village (Seattle, WA), and Westfield San Francisco Centre (San Francisco, CA).

Microsoft stores will keep the celebration going, all 106 Microsoft Stores will host daily Halo happy hours from 4-6 p.m. beginning Tuesday, November 11 through Friday, November 14 featuring free gameplay and swag giveaways.

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Later in the week, I will personally be opening the Microsoft Store at Destiny USA in Syracuse, New York on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Then at 7pm that evening, I’ll be hosting a special fan meetup, where we’ll be raffling off a special Halo collectables package, as well as an Xbox One and other prizes.

This Facebook event page has all the details of the launch events, including exclusive grand opening day deals and giveaways.

If you pre-order Halo: The Master Chief Collection before Nov. 10, you will receive special offers including:

  • A $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com.
  • Microsoft Exclusive Boom Skull that unlocks 2x Explosion physics
  • “My Other Car is a Warthog” throwback license plate frame
  • Master Chief window decal
  • If you are an Xbox Live Rewards member, you get an additional $5, which is $15 or 15,000 points total, toward the Xbox Store.
  • If you haven’t upgraded to an Xbox One console yet, there is also a limited-time promotion for $50 off any Xbox One. That is in addition to Microsoft Stores’ competitive trade-in offers of up to $100 toward an Xbox One.

Full FAQs here: http://msft.it/DESFAQ

November 5th 2014 at 12:00 pm | Events, Halo, Pre-order, Xbox One | 88 comments

October 29th 2014, 9:18 am PT

Watch Halo 2’s Cinematics Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Back in 2004, we marveled at the stunning cinematics which delivered the biggest story moments of Halo 2. Ten years later, get ready to be blown away all over again. For Halo: The Master Chief Collection, visual effects specialist Blur Studio has rebuilt Halo 2’s cinematics, and they really do need to be seen to be believed. Here’s a preview:

For your first look at the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta and the world premiere of the first episode of Halo: Nightfall, you’ll want to join us for the HaloFest Live broadcast. Join the festivities on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch, beginning at 8 p.m. PT on Monday, November 10th.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives on November 11th, and is now available for digital pre-order and pre-download here.

October 29th 2014 at 9:18 am | Events, Halo, Xbox One | 66 comments

October 27th 2014, 12:01 pm PT

Help Us Launch Sunset Overdrive Tonight, Live

We’re now just a few hours away from the North American launch of Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive. Tonight, Insomniac Games’ Founder and CEO Ted Price and Game Director Drew Murray will join me to kick off the celebration in style, live on Twitch.

Watch live video from xbox on www.twitch.tv

Starting at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific (click to see what time that is where you live) you’ll hear directly from the developers, get your questions answered live, and see lots and lots of Sunset Overdrive – even if you’ve been watching livestreams of Sunset Overdrive over the past several days, you won’t have seen this gameplay.

And, as usual, we’ll be throwing a few surprises into the stream. So get your questions ready, and we’ll see you tonight.

October 27th 2014 at 12:01 pm | Events, Xbox One | 32 comments

October 22nd 2014, 10:00 am PT

Microsoft Stores’ Sunset Overdrive Launch Events & Pre-order Deals

Microsoft retail stores are celebrating the launch of Sunset Overdrive with a series of in-store events and giveaways. Every store will hold a raffle with great prizes on the line, such as controllers, Xbox Live Gold memberships, Xbox music passes, and the Xbox One consoles.

Sunset Overdrive Controller Stand

Additionally, six of the largest Microsoft stores locations will go full Sunset City; to match the WonderTown Land atmosphere in Sunset Overdrive, the Stores will have a Sunset City insipired carnival atmosphere with a photo opp, a DJ outfitted as the hero, as well as Surface demo tables and special raffle entries for giveaways and more. The following stores will have the full Sunset Overdrive experience: Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA), The Streets at Southpoint (Durham, NC), Century City (Los Angeles, CA), Dadeland Mall (Miami, FL), Mall of America (Minneapolis, MN), and Metropolis at Metrotown (Vancouver, Canada)

All Sunset Overdrive launch events take will begin at 10 p.m. on this coming Monday, October 27th.

Microsoft retail stores also have the following exclusive pre-order offers for Sunset Overdrive:

  • If you pre-order Sunset Overdrive in store before Tuesday, Oct. 28, receive a $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com. If you pre-order online and are an Xbox Live Rewards member, you get an additional $5, which is $15 or 15,000 points total, towards the Xbox Store..
  • With Sunset Overdrive pre-orders through Microsoft Store, users will get exclusive melee weapons Acordes de la Muerte and The Hangover as an added bonus to the Day One Edition. They’ll also receive an exclusive white controller holder with the pre-order of the Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle.
  • Everyone who pre-orders Sunset Overdrive bundle receives a special controller stand to match your new, white Xbox One system.
  • Trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your Xbox One console purchase. More details about our game and console trade-in program here.
  • The first 100 customers who pre-order Sunset Overdrive in each store will receive a special edition t-shirt

There are over 100 Microsoft retail stores in the US and Canada. Find your nearest location here.

October 22nd 2014 at 10:00 am | Events, Xbox One | 49 comments

October 8th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Xbox at Brasil Game Show

From E3 to gamescom to Tokyo Game Show, we’ve been running full-speed to game events around the globe. This week we arrive at our next milestone: Brasil Game Show 2014. BGS takes place in Sao Paulo, October 9-12, and it’s the biggest gaming event in Latin America.

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For those of you in Sao Paulo, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to meet our developers, play the best lineup of games and take in all the frenetic delights our industry has to offer. The team is bringing an awesome games line-up for the Xbox booth.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • When: Thursday, October 9 through Sunday, October 12, 1:00-9:00 PM BRT
  • Where: Expo Centre Norte, Sao Paulo, Rua José Bernardo Pinto 333
  • What you can do: Play at any of our 70 game stations running more than 20 upcoming Xbox titles. Talk to the developers. Get the latest news from our partners.
  • Games: Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive, EA Sports FIFA 15, UFC, Project Spark, Killer Instinct, Happy Wars, Minecraft Xbox One Edition, ScreamRide, Ori The Blind Forest, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Disney Infinity Marvel, Lara Croft the Temple of Osiris, ID@Xbox titles, Ryse: Son of Rome Legendary Edition, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Just Dance, Dance Central, Kinect Sports Rivals

For anyone not lucky enough to be in Sao Paulo, keep an eye on @XboxBR for regular BGS updates.

October 8th 2014 at 6:00 am | Events | 31 comments

September 26th 2014, 12:01 pm PT

Celebrate Forza Horizon 2 at Microsoft Stores, unlock the Exclusive Audi RS 4 Avant

Forza Horizon 2 launches next week, and Microsoft retail stores are planning activities to mark the occasion on Day 1 and beyond. On Tuesday, September 30th – launch day – at least the first 25 customers to pick up their copy of the game at each of the 104 Microsoft retail stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will receive a Forza Horizon 2 gift bag.

PreOrder Audi Forza Horizon 2

If you pre-order Forza Horizon 2 in store before Tuesday, receive a $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com. A pre-order will also net you a Microsoft Store-exclusive in-game code to unlock the Audi RS 4 Avant in-game.

Additionally, select Microsoft retail stores will have Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheels available for purchase at $99.99, while supplies last.

Microsoft Stores across the country will also host gameplay tournaments from Tuesday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 5. To find out more about tournaments, contact your local store.

If you don’t want to compete, you can try the game, pick up a copy of Forza Horizon 2, and get a custom Forza photo taken. You can also trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your Xbox One console purchase. More details about our game and console trade-in program here.

September 26th 2014 at 12:01 pm | Events, Xbox One | 34 comments

September 8th 2014, 2:15 pm PT

Celebrate the Launch of Destiny with us Tonight

Destiny is mere hours away from launch on Xbox One and Xbox 360, and we know many of you want to play as soon as possible. Join us tonight for the midnight launch party at your local Microsoft retail store and be among the first to experience Destiny.

As you might expect, you’ll be able to grab your copy of Destiny at midnight, but attendees will actually be able to go hands-on earlier, as Destiny stations go live in-store starting at 10 P.M. local time.

Bonus: the first 100 people to pick up their pre-order will get an exclusive Destiny swag bag, and we’ll also raffle off prizes and serve snacks for guests.

If you don’t already have an Xbox One, there are a number of specials going on this week as well. Pick up an Xbox One at the Microsoft Store and you’ll receive a $50 Xbox Gift Card AND a FREE game, for a limited time only.  Microsoft Stores are also offering a $100 credit if you trade in your old Xbox 360 towards your Xbox One purchase.

Nearly every store in the US and Canada is participating this evening, so check here to find your nearest Microsoft Store location: msft.it/destiny

If you can’t make it out to a launch event tonight, we invite you to join us for a live Twitch broadcast of Destiny, beginning 9pm Pacific/Midnight Eastern. We’ll be broadcasting from the Bellevue, Washington store (just a few blocks away from Bungie HQ), and playing through the early hours of Destiny. We might even toss a few giveaways into the chat stream as well…

Want to play with us? Join the Major Nelson Xbox Clan here, and we’ll see you tonight!

September 8th 2014 at 2:15 pm | Events, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 7 comments

September 3rd 2014, 9:32 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members Play Forza Motorsport 5 Free This Weekend

In preparation for the launch of Forza Horizon 2 on September 30th, we’re excited to announce that all Xbox Live Gold members can enjoy Forza Motorsport 5 for free this entire upcoming weekend. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT, Thursday, September 4 through 11:59 p.m. PDT, Sunday, September 7, Gold members in Xbox One markets can enjoy Forza Motorsport 5, in entirety and for free.

The Forza Motorsport 5 weekend will allow you to check out the full Forza experience with special in-game challenges, online play, and collect achievements and Gamerscore. After the weekend, you’ll have the option to purchase the game online from the Xbox Games Store or visit your favorite retailer and continue playing from where you left off.

Additionally, Turn 10 has some special events planned for the weekend; for more details on the click over to Xbox Wire.

September 3rd 2014 at 9:32 am | Events, Xbox One | 76 comments

September 2nd 2014, 4:02 pm PT

Take a Look Inside our Pre-PAX ID@Xbox Open House

As Xbox is headquartered in the Seattle area, PAX Prime is a special event for us. This year, we were thrilled to invite the Xbox faithful over to our house to play some games. Hundreds of you took us up on the offer; take a look:

At the event, we showcased 29 new and upcoming ID@Xbox titles, including Volgarr the Viking, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, and the just-released Warframe. Couch co-op and competitive multiplayer was on full display, with titles like #IDARB, Chariot, Knight Squad, and SlashDash drawing crowds (and lots of shouting).

So we’d like to offer a sincere thank you to those who made the trip out to Redmond, including those who braved a rush hour ride on the Sunset Overdrive bus. Your enthusiasm and sheer numbers are strong encouragement for us to go big next year as well.

And, of course, we’ll keep all of you updated on when these games hit the Xbox Games Store.

September 2nd 2014 at 4:02 pm | Events, ID@Xbox, PAX | 7 comments

August 25th 2014, 4:43 pm PT

Microsoft Retail Stores Hosting Launch Events for Madden NFL 15 and Destiny

In the coming weeks, all 103 Microsoft Stores will be hosting a series of in-store events to celebrate the launches of Madden NFL 15 and Destiny.

To kick off the launch of the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle and the start of the football season, 60 Stores in U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will be hosting tournaments for Madden NFL 15. Sign up for local challenges or watch the best in your area compete from Aug. 26 through Sept. 5. To find out more about tournaments check with your local store.

Additionally, on Sept. 6 all Microsoft Stores will host a Madden and NFL Kickoff Party just in time for the official opening weekend of football season. Attend the day long festivities, including hands-on gameplay, giveaways and a fun photo opp putting your face on the cover the game. The first 25 fans to pick up their copy of Madden NFL 15 this day will receive their very own NFL gift bag.

If you didn’t pre-order your limited edition Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle, which includes a copy of Madden NFL 15, you can pick one up during one of these store events. You can also trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your purchase.

Then, to celebrate Destiny’s upcoming launch, Microsoft retail stores will begin the countdown to midnight launch with events starting at 10 p.m. on Sept. 8 with early gameplay access, giveaways, food, drink, and more. You’ll have a chance to get your hands on the game before picking up your copy. Additionallly, Microsoft Stores offer a $10 gift card for pre-orders of any game in the Store, including Destiny, or $10 on Xbox Live if you order on MicrosoftStore.com.

 

August 25th 2014 at 4:43 pm | Events | 11 comments

August 25th 2014, 8:39 am PT

Xbox at PAX Prime 2014

Labor Day might just mean a long weekend for some, but for gamers, it’s PAX Prime time: four days of games, panels, and camaraderie with our fellow players. As is custom, Xbox has a lot planned – Washington is our home base, after all. Here are some highlights – find the full rundown over at Xbox Wire.

PAX Event

Thursday: ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

PAX doors don’t officially open until Friday, but we know a lot folks get into town early. That’s why we’re inviting everyone over to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus to play some new and upcoming indies on Xbox One. The event starts at 6pm, and we’ll even give you a ride. Find all the details here.

Saturday: Major Nelson Radio at PAX Prime

Sphinx Theatre

Saturday, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

For the 10th year in a row, it’s Major Nelson Radio at PAX Prime! Like a fine wine that has gotten better with age, Major Nelson Radio goes down smooth and leaves no bitter aftertaste.

Join Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, e, lollip0p and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of a studio audience. We will have prizes, guests and probably fun.

Note: Clowns are not permitted at the recording.

Friday-Monday: Visit the Xbox Booth

The Xbox Booth [#412] is the place to play this holiday’s hottest blockbusters! We’ll be featuring hands-on Xbox One exclusives like Sunset Overdrive, remastered Halo 2 Anniversary and Forza Horizon 2, the highly anticipated Electronic Arts title Dragon Age: Inquisition and digital favorites like Ori and the Blind Forest, Killer Instinct, Project Spark, and Project Totem, plus various ID@Xbox titles.

We’re also leading panels, participating in Pinny Arcade, hosting a Halo Tournament with Twitch and giving PAX fans a way to put themselves in the world of Sunset City at the Paramount Theatre. Learn more about these activities plus more at our U.S. Events Website.

To learn more about what you’ll find when you visit the Xbox Booth, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, and Dragon Age Inquisition, click here.

General PAX Info

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

Friday, August 29 – 9:00 am to 6 pm (press only until 10:00 am)

Saturday, August 30 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, August 31 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Monday, September 1 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

See PAX website for extended event hours and other evening activities. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you starting this Thursday.

August 25th 2014 at 8:39 am | Events, PAX | 32 comments

August 21st 2014, 1:43 pm PT

You’re Invited to Microsoft to Play ID@Xbox Games

With tons of ID@Xbox titles coming in the next 12 months from some amazing independent developers, we simply couldn’t fit them all in the Xbox booth. So we decided to give them their own event, and you’re invited.

Yes, you.

PAX Event

We’re throwing open the doors at the scenic Microsoft Campus – come see where we work, come play our games, and kick off PAX Prime weekend with hundreds of fellow gamers.

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Thursday, August 28th from 6:00 PM til 8:30 PM)

Where: Microsoft Building 92, 15010 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052 (directions here)

Who: Xbox fans 18 and older (under 18 allowed with parent/guardian)

What you can do: Play over 25 upcoming ID@Xbox titles. Talk to the devs. See the beautiful Xbox campus.

Admission cost: FREE

We know many of you will be in town for PAX Prime, and we’ve got you covered. We’ve commandeered the Sunset Overdrive bus to get you here – Overcharge included! Shuttles will pick up from the Seattle Convention Center area (map here!) at 430pm and 630pm, returning to the Convention Center at 8pm and 930pm.

NOTE: the bus has limited capacity, and are first-come-first-served. If you drive, we’ll have plenty of parking for you on-site.

See you next Thursday!

UPDATE: Here’s the confirmed list of playable titles at the event:

#IDARB Other Ocean
Chariot Frima
Dive Kick Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC
Dungeon of the Endless AMPLITUDE Studios
Fenix Rage Reverb Triple XP
Fibbage Jackbox Games, Inc.
Funk of Titans A Crowd of Monster S.L.
Gunscape Blowfish Studios
Knight Squad Chainsawesome Games
Legend of Raven Nicalis, Inc.
Lifeless Planet Stage 2 Studios, LLC
Lovely Planet tinyBuild
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime Asteroid Base Inc.
Never Alone (Kisima Innitchuna) E-Line Media
No Time to Explain tinyBuild
Pinball FX2 Zen Studios
Pneuma: Breath of Life Deco Digital
QUBE: Director’s Cut Toxic Games
Rivals of Aether Dan Fornace
Roundabout No Goblin
Siegecraft Commander Blowfish Studios
SlashDash Nevernaut Games
SpeedRunners tinyBuild
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing NeocoreGames
Threes! Hidden Variable Studios
Unmechanical: Advanced Edition GRIP Digital s.r.o.
Volgarr the Viking Crazy Viking Studios LLC
Warframe Digital Extremes

August 21st 2014 at 1:43 pm | Events, PAX | 26 comments

August 15th 2014, 4:04 am PT

Gamescom 2014 Binaural Audio Experiment

Like I did at E3, I recorded a below Binaural Audio Tour – this time at Gamescom.

If you listen to this with headphones on, you’ll have the maximum effect of actually being on the show floor with me.

Enjoy.

 

Recorder: Zoom H1
Microphones: In-Ear Binaural Mics

August 15th 2014 at 4:04 am | Events | 12 comments

August 12th 2014, 9:33 am PT

All of Today’s gamescom News in One Place

It’s been a busy day here at gamescom, as we’ve shared a lot of news and new trailers and gameplay demos with folks here in Cologne and around the world. For those of you perhaps just waking up in another part of the world, feel free to re-live the entire show at your leisure right here. If not, here’s an at-a-glance view of many of the day’s happenings:

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Sunset Overdrive, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and FIFA 15 bundles coming this holiday.

First look at Quantum Break gameplay.

The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta will run from Dec. 29, 2014 through Jan. 18, featuring 4 vs. 4 showdowns, seven maps and three game types.

Sanctuary revealed as the fourth of six fan-favorite Halo 2 multiplayer maps being reimagined for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming holiday 2015, exclusively on Xbox

ID@Xbox gamescom montage video:

ScreamRide coming exclusively to Xbox One and Xbox 360 this Spring.

Evolve beta hits Xbox One in January

Rolls Royce coming to Forza Motorsport 5

Before the show even started this morning, we announced a number of new features, including DLNA support, boot to TV, support for a whole host of media filetypes, and much more.

Sign up for the Fable Legends multiplayer beta at fablelegends.com. Go!

August 12th 2014 at 9:33 am | Events, gamescom, Xbox One | 209 comments

August 12th 2014, 4:24 am PT

Watch gamescom 2014 Xbox Briefing Live Here

Guten Morgen from Cologne, Germany, home of gamescom. In just a few minutes, we’ll be making announcements, demoing upcoming titles, and sharing new trailers with Xbox fans from around the world. This year, we’re streaming live on Xbox.com, your Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone (download the app here) and on Twitch. Or just watch right here, beginning at 2pm local time (find out what time that is where you live by clicking here).

Be sure to keep watching after the briefing concludes, as we demo some of our biggest holiday titles live, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2, and Sunset Overdrive.

August 12th 2014 at 4:24 am | Events | 35 comments

August 11th 2014, 9:00 am PT

Watch the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer World Premiere Here

Gamescom week begins today, with the world premiere of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer broadcast live from Cologne, Germany.

Xbox Live’s Aceybongos and I will interview Sledgehammer Games,the creators of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare interviews and debut the new multiplayer trailer. Watch it all unfold below, or, if you’d like to watch from your living room, launch the live events player on your Xbox One or Xbox 360.

The event begins today at 19:00 CET (1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific), so see you then.
UPDATE: the event has concluded, but you may enjoy a full replay here.

Here’s the just-released official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Multiplayer Reveal Trailer:

August 11th 2014 at 9:00 am | COD, Events | 23 comments

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